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Local ‘political junkie’ to get taste of the convention

Paul Raymore

Kevin Conway

Truckee resident Kevin Conway, a self-described “political junkie,” has been closely following the race for the presidency this year, especially within the Democratic Party.Soon he’ll have the chance to dig deeper into the issues and personalities that shape the party and its platform as a reporter for public radio station KUNR at the Democratic National Convention in Boston July 26 29.”I thought that they might go for it at KUNR, and my station manager Bobbi Lazzarone was really happy about the idea,” Conway, who hosts the weekly radio program “Sinatra & Company,” said. “They’re over 40 years old at KUNR and it’s the first time anybody will be reporting from a national convention.”A democrat himself, Conway is excited about the John Kerry-John Edwards presidential ticket, and expects the upcoming convention will help build excitement for the November elections.

“I really was for Kerry before it became fashionable, and I was hoping he would choose Edwards,” he said. “I think there’s a real shot here. They’re always optimistic at these conventions, but I think it’s looking now like he has a real shot.”Conway’s trip to the convention will be his first experience as a reporter, and he hopes to be able to give listeners of the station a taste of what the convention experience is like:”I’m going to try to give [the listeners] a sense of what is going on. Everything is decided, except I guess the interesting stuff, what they call the ‘planks of the platform’ of the party. The far left is going to want more than the middle of the road, and that is going to be interesting,” Conway said.KUNR, which broadcasts on frequency 88.7 FM in Reno and 88.1 FM in Truckee, plans to have Conway call in each day from the convention with live updates from Boston.

Conway is hopeful that he will be able to track down and speak with the local delegations from Nevada and California to hear their concerns during his time at the convention. That is, if he can find his way around the Boston subway system, he said jokingly. He added that he’s making it a personal goal to meet CNN news anchor Fredricka Whitfield as well – presumably for non-political reasons.For Conway, attending a convention has been a life-long dream. A dream made possible this year because his employment at FedEx means he can fly to Boston free on FedEx planes.A Truckee resident for the last 14 years, Conway believes that the local population is fairly divided when it comes to political affiliation.”For me, part of why people are divided is there is a distinct difference between the view of these two parties,” he said in speaking of the Democrats and Republicans in town.

Conway said he expects issues such as gay marriage, the economy and how the war with Iraq was prepared for to be critical factors in this presidential election.Check it outKevin Conway expects his daily updates from the Democratic National Convention to be broadcast around 5 6 p.m. each day from July 26 29. KUNR can be heard in Truckee on translator 88.1 FM.